Finding Your Best Fit

16 Sep

Did you know that the University of Arizona offers 275 majors and degrees? When I first arrived at the U of A for my Freshman orientation, I could not believe how many majors there were to choose from. With all these options, first-year students can often fall into the wrong major or have a lot of trouble picking a major at all. While choosing a major is an extremely daunting task, there are many tools that can help guide students in the right direction.

Use Degree Search

Degree Search is a list of all the undergraduate degrees/majors that the university has to offer. For a student who is having trouble choosing a major, this can be very helpful. Degree Search offers a preview of each major, courses that are required, and a list of potential careers and salaries. Exploratory students can select preferences such as second language requirements, math requirements, and personal attributes and attitudes and get “matched” to majors that fit the student’s profile.

See an Academic Advisor

If you are currently in a major that you dislike, or even if you are undecided, one way to get some ideas about new majors is through an academic advisor. Even if you are looking to move out of the major that you are currently in, academic advisors are eager to help students find the major that is right for them. Academic advisors are very knowledgeable about their colleges and programs and they will be able to tell you about specific majors, their requirements, programs within the university which pertain to that major, and career options.

Take a Career Aptitude Test or Personality Quiz

One reason students often have a hard time choosing a major is that they themselves are unsure of their own interests. If this is you, then it might be helpful to take some form of a personality quiz. These types of quizzes are useful in characterizing one’s strengths or interests. Some even will assess individuals according to which majors or careers best fit their personality. Also, the best thing about these quizzes is that they are often available online for free! You can find quite a few on the Career Services website.

These are just a few of the ways you can learn about new majors. It’s always a good idea to browse around a bit, so don’t feel pressured to choose a major right away. So the overall best thing to do while choosing a major is to take your time, consider your own personal interests, and do your research. In time, you too will find your own best fit!




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